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Vol 9, #40 - Bike Safety Park Derailed

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In this Edition

- Editorial

- Rides Captain Corner

- Heads Up!

- VCB Clothing

- Sports Nutrition Myths Busted

- Can You Improve Power-to-weight Ratio Through Crash Dieting?






The hundreds of hours spent on the concept and promotion of a suitable innovative learning environment has gained your unconditional support since the very beginning and provided the leaders of this project the energy and resources to bring about the original concept to a satisfactory engineering design by Stantec Engineering at 95% completion, of their contract with the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency (STPA) on June 7th. (see Fig. 1 attached)


Well, the evolution of the Bike Safety Park has taken an unpredictable direction in the days preceding delivery of Stantec Engineering final report, 100% completion. The new site is shown at the lower left corner of Fig. 2. On this plan, the Bike Safety Park is seen redesigned and relocated; this had been made without any consultation or notice made to Velo Cape Breton the promoters of this project. Not knowing any of this move, we tried to meet with the Head of STPA Mr. Kevin MacDonald before the Request for Tenders be sent; that meeting with Mr. MacDonald never took place.


The new site is shown at the lower left corner of Fig. 2. Although the design is very snazzy, there are other issues such as pieces of infrastructure that have been removed in this latest concept and the accessibility to the multi-use trails on the other side of the Ferry Street bridge. As it is now, this Park is simply another set of paved loops for kids to ride and vandals to do their dirty work, not the learning environment to train cyclists to ride in safety and respect. Also, the chosen location leaves no room for the addition of a service building of a decent size adjacent to the park that would be easily accessible, providing sanitary facilities, having a place to store bicycles, a place to create job opportunities for administrators, instructors, bicycle technicians; it is not the place envisaged to develop sources of income for an economically sustainable project.


In view of this, on Monday July 30, I met with Eng. Kevin MacDonald, Head of STPA and Donny Burke, Project Director with a request to re-open the file of the Bike Safety Park to come up with a workable solution. The answer was a straight NO.


Isn't that another confirmation that prime space to park cars takes precedence over human needs? Isn't that the smaller area of the Bike Safety Park another evidence that the well-being of dogs takes precedence over elements of solution for major health, environmental and social issues that these past industrial sites have contributed to create?


It is a real disappointment to see this setback in a project which has received so far such a tremendous support of the Community Liaison Committee and several other community leaders.






by: Micheline,


Starting tomorrow August 3rd from the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s Bay, I will be on the Tour Cabot Trail in 4 Days with 30 participants from various regions of Canada, the USA and Switzerland. The goals ride starts and conclude at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's.


The goals of the tour is to promote cycling as a way to visit a world-wide icon close to nature, provide participants with a taste of the Cape Breton hospitality and encourage tourism operators to develop packages and amenities to better serve the cycling community.


We will stop in Margaree Harbour, Pleasant Bay and Ingonish to conclude the tour Monday 6th where it all started.


Cyclists who have done the Cabot Trail once are cyclists coming back on their own or with friends to do the Trail again or to discover other hidden local cycling jewels such as the tour of the Bras D'Or Lakes, Ile Madame or the thousands of kilometres of back roads trails crisscrossing Cape Breton Island from one end to the other.


Kant wait to get underway!





Weekend rides by the VCB Cheticamp Chapter for next weekend (Aug. 11/12) have been postponed to September. Stay tuned!





August is the month to ride beyond our local borders and explore the hidden corners of Cape Breton Island, the Number ONE island in North America and ranked #3 in the World.


Saturday 11th, MTB Ride and Beach BBQ in Chéticamp (postponed to September)


Sunday 12th, Ride the Margaree Valley with the Cheticamp Chapter (postponed to September)


Sunday 19th, Century Around the Hills - Imperial or Metric. Also 50km & 25km rides available.


Saturday 25th, Ride and Brunch by the Isle Madame Chapter


Sunday 26th, Metric Century by the Chéticamp Chapter


Monday to Friday 27th- 31st, Maritime Bike Club Rally (see expanded schedule attached)


(More information on VCB Website)







You didn’t order a new Velo Cape Breton jersey last year? Now you have regrets and changed your mind? You are in luck. We have several brand new short sleeves (women), long sleeves (Unisex), tag on, in their original bag, VCB jersey for sale. Check the website for list of sizes in inventory and pricing.


A try on for fit can be arranged. First come first served.


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One can’t help wonder if the nutrition information provided by fitness gurus, nutrition companies and healthcare specialists is trustworthy. There is a sea of contradictory news on the best fuels for our hard-at-work bodies. At the end of the day (or training session), how are you supposed to know what to believe? Here are 3 common myths, and the real truth you need to know:


MYTH #1: Protein is for gym fanatics rather than endurance athletes.

MYTH #2: Drinking too much water is risky business.

MYTH #3: Multivitamins are heal-alls and energy boosters.


More here






Every serious cyclist recognizes the importance of improving their power-to-weight ratio. A high power-to-weight ratio can translate into a significantly faster finishing time. There are two ways to improve power-to-weight ratio. One is increasing power output by doing high-intensity intervals, and the second is dropping weight.


More here.





Abe and Esther are flying to Australia for a two-week vacation to celebrate their 40th anniversary.


Suddenly, over the public address system, the Captain announces,"Ladies and Gentlemen, I am afraid I have some very bad news.


Our engines have ceased functioning and we will attempt an emergency landing. Luckily, I see an uncharted island below us and we should be able to land on the beach. However, the odds are that we may never be rescued and will have to live on the island for the rest of our lives!"


Thanks to the skill of the flight crew, the plane lands safely on the island.


An hour later Abe turns to his wife and asks, "Esther, did we pay our $5,000 Public Broadcast Station pledge check yet?"


"No, sweetheart," she responds.


Abe, still shaken from the crash landing, then asks, "Esther, did we pay our American Express card yet?"


"Oh, no! I'm sorry. I forgot to send the check," she says.


"One last thing Esther. Did you remember to send checks for the Visa and MasterCard this month?" he asks.

"Oh, forgive me, Abe," begged Esther. "I didn't send that one, either."


Abe grabs her and gives her the biggest kiss in 40 years. Esther pulls away and asks him, "What was that for?"


Abe answers, "They'll find us!"





Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

August 2nd, 2012

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